Jekyns Pelaez joined the San Francisco Opera as a dancer in 2007, and has performed in the productions of Tannhauser, il Trovatore, and La Fille du Regiment. In addition, he performed the principal dancer role of the "Matador" in the 2009 production of La Traviata. This season, Mr. Pelaez will participate in Aida and Cyrano de Bergerac as well.
Mr. Pelaez grew up in Cali Colombia, South America, where he began his Ballet and Drama studies and shortly after graduating, came to New York to continue his dance career. His vast career as a ballet and contemporary dancer includes companies like Diablo Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Chautaqua Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Ballet de Cali and Ballet Arizona among several others. He also enjoys invitations to dance as a soloist and guest artist around the country as well as internationally, taking part in dance productions that range from classical ballets like "Swan Lake" and "Nutcracker" to modern productions of "Carmina Burana" or Paul Taylor's "Esplanade" to NeoClassical pieces like Balanchine's "Who Cares?". He has appeared in International dance festivals in Colombia, Cuba and Thailand as well as in he prestigious international dance competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Pelaez appeared in Pointe Magazine in 2007, and in the Hollywood film, "Love Hurts" in 2008.
Mr. Pelaez holds a BA in Performing Arts from Saint Mary's College and an AA in Film Production from San Francisco City College. He enjoys producing, acting and directing short films, dance films, as well as documentaries.
Some related notes include Mr Pelaez recently performed in the highly successful "The Tosca Project" with the American Conservatory Theatre. He was co-founder of Histrion Theatre of Art, a Hispanic dance and drama hybrid group in North Carolina, and his hobbies include running and teaching dance.